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RELG - Religion Courses

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RELG 110
2.00 cr.
Introduction to Christianity I

This course is Part I of the required sequence for full-time incoming students. It is an introduction to the study of Christianity. Through selected readings, it focuses on the nature of the Christian faith, the gospel, and the doctrines of Christianity. It serves also as an introduction to the academic study of religion and theology.

RELG 111
2.00 cr.
Introduction to Christianity II

This course is part II of the required sequence for full-time incoming students. It is an introduction to the study of Christianity. Through selected readings, it focuses on the nature of the Christian faith, the gospel, and the doctrines of Christianity. It serves also as an introduction to the academic study of religion and theology.

RELG 203
2.00 cr.
The Life of Christ

This is a study of the historicity, person, life, and meaning of Jesus Christ for humanity. A harmony of the four Gospel accounts provides the basic chronology.

RELG 204
2.00 cr.
Israel's History

This course is a survey of the history of the people of Israel from the Patriarchal Age (ca. 2000 BC) through the end of the Old Testament Era and into the Intertestamental Period. Special emphasis is placed on the promises of God, and faith in those promises as the great integrating theme of the Old Testament. The promises find their fulfillment in the Christ of the New Testament.

RELG 205
2.00 cr.
The Gospel According to Isaiah

This course is an introduction to and study of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. Course content includes: a) an examination of Isaiah's place in the History of Israel and in the larger context of the ancient world; b) the poetics and rhetoric of the book; c) the theology of the book with special emphasis on Messianic prophecy; and d) a basic introduction to major issues in Isaiah scholarship.

RELG 206
2.00 cr.
Acts of the Apostles

Study of the Acts of the Apostles in its historical and biblical context.

RELG 207
2.00 cr.
Paul's Letter to the Roman Christians

A close study of this instructive and interesting letter of St. Paul to the Christians in Rome. The course seeks to develop a deeper appreciation of this epistle both for the richness of its teachings and for its timeliness.

RELG 208
2.00 cr.
The Christian Laity

After reviewing the Means of Grace, the Priesthood of all Believers, the Theology of the Cross, and the Public Ministry, these doctrines will be applied to the life of the Christian layman in his congregation, at home, and in the secular world. The course will also focus on evangelism.

RELG 209
2.00 cr.
Christian Doctrine I

A detailed study of the doctrines of the Bible with reference to their importance for Christian faith and life. Topics include: Scripture, God, Law and Sin, the Person and Work of Christ, Conversion, Faith, Justification, Good Works, and Prayer.

RELG 210
2.00 cr.
Christian Doctrine II

A continuation of Christian Doctrine I (the courses need not be taken in sequence), it deals with the doctrines of Election, the Means of Grace, the Church, Ministry, Civil Estates, and the Last Things.

RELG 300
3.00 cr.
History of Christian Thought I:Post-Apostolic Fathers to Chalcedon

A survey of major developments in the history of Christian thought, doctrine and practice of the early church, including the Post-Apostolic and Ante-Nicene fathers, Augustine and the Council of Nicea to the Council of Chalcedon.

RELG 301
3.00 cr.
History of Christian Thought II:Chalcedon to 15th Century

A survey of major developments in the history of Christian thought, doctrine, and practice, with a concentration especially on the Latin Church. Western monasticism, and the development of scholastic thought from the Council of Chalcedon to the 15th century.

RELG 302
3.00 cr.
History of Christian Thought III: 17th Century Enlightenment to Mode

History of Christian Thought III: 17th Century Enlightenment to Modern & Post Modern. A survey of major trends in the history of Christian thought, doctrine, and practice from the late 17th century to the present day, including the influences of Enlightenment thought and fundamentalist reactions to modernist developments.

RELG 316
3.00 cr.
Comparative World Religions

The five major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism) are examined and discussed. Their central teachings are outlined and compared.

RELG 320
3.00 cr.
Luther: His Ongoing Significance

The Lutheran Reformation is examined through the biography and selected writings of Martin Luther. Chief emphasis is on the years to Luther's death, with an examination of the structure and themes of Luther's thought.

RELG 325
3.00 cr.
Psalms and Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament

This course is an introduction to and survey of the Book of Psalms, the Books of Job and Ecclesiastes, and selected portions of the Book of Proverbs. It examines the origins, literary artistry, theological content, and the use of these books across the ages.

RELG 330
3.00 cr.
Christian Social Thought

Controversial topics in contemporary Christianity are discussed on the basis of Scripture and human reason. Topics include such issues as war, capital punishment, the role of women, science, and sexuality.

RELG 335
3.00 cr.
The Lutheran Confessions

This course studies the Lutheran Book of Concord, the confessions of the Lutheran Church. The course examines the basic historical background of each of the Lutheran Confessional documents; the relationship between Scripture and the Confessional writings; the normative nature and authority of the Book of Concord for Lutheran Church confessional and church life.

RELG 340
3.00 cr.
Apologetics

This course examines the nature and purpose of apologetics theologically, philosophically, historically, scientifically, equipping students to fashion an apologetic within the contemporary postmodern and modern context.

RELG 350
3.00 cr.
Islam

Islam, the fastest growing and second largest world religion, is examined and discussed. Attention is given to its historical roots, major teachings, schisms, and importance in the world today.

RELG 360
3.00 cr.
History of the Christian Church

A survey of the History of the Christian Church from the post-apostolic age to the present. Major emphasis is on the Middle ages, reform movements, and post-Reformation. Prerequisites: RELG110 and RELG111.

RELG 380
3.00 cr.
Pauline Literature

Representative letters of the Apostle Paul will be studied in detail. The student will be required to read through all of Paul's letters, but the focus of the course will be a study of selected letters, and will examine various critical issues raised in secondary literature.

RELG 382
3.00 cr.
Johannine Literature

The Gospel of John, John's epistles, and the Revelation to John will be studied in detail. The course will also examine various critical issues raised in secondary literature.

RELG 420
3.00 cr.
The Rhetoric of Religion

A study of religion's use of "multi-modal" strategies words, silence, emotional images, and even smells conditioned by theological assumptions, to persuade. Central attention is given to how secular rhetoric has influenced the Christian tradition.

RELG 425
3.00 cr.
Eastern Religion/Spirituality in America

This course explores the influence of Eastern Religious thought upon American culture beginning in the 19th century and marked by the Watershed 1893 Chicago Parliament of Religions, which encouraged 20th century Ecumenism and the spread of Buddhism, Hinduism Theosophy, Mind Cure, New Age and the contemporary Self-Help Movement.

RELG 435
3.00 cr.
Intertestament Period

This course is an introduction to and survey of the Biblical period from about 500 B.C. to the birth of Christ. The core of the content includes the canonical Books of Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi, and the 14 writings commonly referred to as the Apocrypha. The course examines the content of these writings and the historical circumstances out of which they arose.

RELG 480
3.00 cr.
Topics in Religious Studies

Students examine a variety of special religion topics that emerge from present day issues, the expertise of the instructor, and/or the special interests of the students.

RELG 489
3.00 cr.
International Study Tour

Course allows the student to travel to a specific country, selected by the professor, and covers various aspects of the selected country or geographic area. (Cross listed with HIST489.)

RELG 490
3.00 cr.
Introduction to Research and Writing

Introduction to aims, problems and techniques of research and writing. Including practice in critical reading, the use of research tools and procedures. (Cross listed with HIST490 and LART490.)

RELG 495
3.00 cr.
Senior Seminar in Religious Studies

Integration of the various facets of the liberal arts into a coherent personal perspective on reality. Focus on the epistemological bases of the disciplines; translation of liberal arts study into a productive life serving the needs of church and society. (Cross listed with HIST495 and LART495.) Prerequisite: RELG490.